Long-Ball Carries Air Force To 11-7 Win Over Colorado Christian
March 17, 2009
USAF ACADEMY, Colo. - Home runs by Matt Alexander and Nathan Carter helped lift Air Force to an 11-7 win over Colorado Christian in non-conference baseball action Tuesday afternoon at Falcon Field. The Falcons improved to 6-9 on the season while the Cougars dropped to 9-16.
With a 4-2 AFA lead in the fifth, Alexander capped a four-run fifth inning with a three-run homer to right, his first of the year, to make it 8-2. Colorado Christian then plated three runs in the top of the sixth to pull to within three at 8-5.
Carter then hammered a three-run homer to right center in the bottom of the sixth to put the Falcons back up 11-5. The Cougars refused to go away, scoring two runs in the top of the seventh to make it an 11-7 ballgame.
The Falcons then go timely pitching by Matt Barattino to close the game out. After surrendering a base hit to the first batter he faced, Barattino retired seven-consecutive batters to finish the game.
Air Force had 16 hits on the day, with the three-four hitters Addison Gentry and Alexander doing much of the damage. Gentry went 3-for-5 with two runs scored. Alexander went 4-for-5 with four runs.
Carter reached base five times in the game, drawing two walks and getting hit by a pitch. Jack Lupo, Blair Roberts and Adam Hill had two hits each for the Falcons. Hill and Vai Schierholtz each had two RBIs. The Falcons stole four bases on the day as well.
Colorado Christian had 13 hits on the day, with Daniel Kirschler going 4-for-4 with three RBIs. Chad Barnhill added a home run as well.
Air Force reliever Michael Ruvolo (1-0) picked up the win, allowing three unearned runs in two innings pitched. Falcon starter Evan Abrecht went four innings, allowing two runs, while striking out five. Andrew Loyd also pitched in relief.
CCU starter Lawson Cheek (0-1) took the loss, allowing four runs in four innings.
Air Force returns to action with a three-game series at UNLV starting Friday, March 20.